McDonough, Hall win freestyle bronze medals at Grand Prix of Paris

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 01, 2015, 4:04 p.m. (ET)
PARIS, France – Two American men’s freestyle wrestlers won bronze medals on the final day of the Grand Prix of Paris on Sunday.

Coming home with bronzes are Matt McDonough, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 61 kg/134 lbs. and Adam Hall (New York, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC) at 70 kg/154 lbs.

McDonough, competing up a weight class, finished with a 2-1 record, including a pin over Abderahim Sayeh of Algeria in the bronze-medal round. He opened with a technical fall victory, then fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Iman Sadeghidkoukandeh of Iran, 3-8.

A two-time NCAA champion for Iowa, McDonough competed for the second straight day. On Saturday, he finished 1-1 at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and did not medal.

Hall, the former Boise State star, had an impressive 4-1 record on the day. He scored a 10-0 technical fall over Giorgi Jikuri of Georgia in a bronze-medal match.

Hall opened with three straight dominant wins, defeating opponents from Georgia, China and Russia by a combined 31-3 margin. In the semifinals, he fell to Hassan Yasdanicharati of Iran, 0-10.

Placing fifth at 70 kg/154 lbs. was Cyler Sanderson (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) with a 2-2 record. He lost in a bronze-medal bout to Ruslan Dibirgadjiev of Azerbaijan, 1-12.

The other three wrestlers competing Sunday placed in the top 10 of their weights, with Jake Herbert at 86 kg and Eric Thompson at 125 kg placing seventh, and Phil Keddy at 86 kg placing 10th.

"We wrap up the Paris Grand Prix with two solid performances and bronze medals from Matt McDonough and Adam Hall. The team wrestled many matches today, and this weekend, and have a lot of new information to take home and learn. We need to be diligent regarding getting better wrestling with the underhook position as it pertains to our attacks and moving opponents through the edge of the mat. We are continually impressed with everyone's efforts and look forward to building on the progress made by our athletes and National Team,” said Assistant National Coach Bill Zadick.

Azerbaijan won the team title in men’s freestyle with 67 points. The United States finished in a tie for second with Iran and Poland with 56 points.

Overall, the USA won four medals in men’s freestyle. On Saturday, Tony Ramos (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) won a gold at 57 kg/125 lbs. and Brent Metcalf (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC/Hawkeye WC) added a bronze medal at 65 kg/143 lbs.

At Paris, France, February 1

Men’s freestyle results

61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold – Imam Sadeghikoukandeh (Iran)
Silver – Krysztof Bienkowski (Poland)
Bronze – Matt McDonough (USA)
Bronze – Ilman Mukhtarov (France)
5th – Abderahim Sayeh (Algeria)
5th- Quentin Sticker (France)

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold – Hassan Yasdanicharati (Iran)
Silver – Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland)
Bronze – Ruslan Dibirgadjiyev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Adam Hall (USA)
5th – Cyler Sanderson (USA)
5th – Giorgi Jikuri (Georgia)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold – Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran)
Silver – Radoslaw Marcinkiewicz (Poland)
Bronze – Sebastian Jezierzanski (Poland)
Bronze – Gabor Hatos (Hungary)
5th – Gamzat Osmanov (Azerbaijan)
5th – Zbignien Baranowski (Poland)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold – Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine)
Silver – Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Zhiwei Deng (China)
Bronze – Daniel Ligeti (Hungary)
5th – Hai Shang (China)
5th – Kamil Skaskiewicz (Poland)

U.S. freestyle performances

61 kg/134 lbs. – Matt McDonough, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), 3rd
WIN Emrach Gasanov (Israel), tech. fall. 12-2
LOSS Iman Sadeghidkoukandeh (Iran), 3-8
WIN Abderahim Sayeh (Algeria), pin

70 kg/154 lbs – Adam Hall, New York, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC), 3rd
WIN Archil Gigauri (Georgia), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Haiwei Ling (China), 9-0
WIN German Ustinov (Russia), 12-3
LOSS Hassan Yasdanicharati (Iran), tech. fall 0-11
WIN Giorgi Jikuri (Georgia), tech. fall 10-0

70 kg/154 lbs – Cyler Sanderson, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), 5th
WIN Zsombor Gulyas (Hungary), 9-8
WIN Alexis Malezieux (France), pin
LOSS Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), 3-8
LOSS Ruslan Dibirgadjiev (Azerbaijan), tech. fall 1-12

86 kg/189 lbs – Jake Herbert, Ann Arbor, Mich. (NYAC/Cliff Keen WC), 7th
WIN Saledim Alekma (France), tech. fall 11-0
LOSS Gamzat Osmanov (Azerbaijan), 3-10

86 kg/189 lbs – Phillip Keddy, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), 10th
LOSS Ali Reza Karimimachiani (Iran), 2-4
LOSS Zbignien Baranowski (Poland), 2-2

125 kg/275 lbs – Eric Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa (Viking Wrestling Club), 7th
WIN Han Hao (China), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan), tech. fall 0-10
LOSS Daniel Ligeti (Hungary), tech. fall 1-12

Team standings
1. Azerbaijan, 67
2. tie Iran, 56
2. tie, Poland, 56
2. tie, United States, 56
5. France, 48
6. China, 35
7. Hungary, 27
8. Ukraine, 18
9. Canada, 14
10. Russia, 13
(of 25 nations)